if i go out And without a bag on me, I felt naked and unprepared. It’s like venturing into a dungeon without any health potions. What if I need a ChapStick? Did I bring lip balm? How can I fit my phone, keys and face shield into the short pocket of my jeans? Where do I put the cool stone I just found? The extra storage capacity is essential for my everyday carry, and being able to swing the bag forward and grab whatever I need is essential.
Backpacks are better for heavy loads or all-day hikes, but for light everyday needs, nothing beats cross-body bags, sling bags, and convertible hip bags. I’ve tested dozens of them over the years and these are my favorites.
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Update June 2022: We’ve added the Carhartt Crossbody Snap and updated pricing.
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